Camelot: Ladbrokes and Coral make him favourite at 5-2 and 11-4PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Camelot cut for Arc - could Sea Moon be next?
THE Frankie Dettori factor really kicked into gear on Thursday, when the majority of bookmakers cut his mount Camelot's price for Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, with Ladbrokes and Coral making him favourite over Orfevre at 5-2 and 11-4.
Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams said: "We wondered if Frankie still had the pulling power in the big races and the Arc market now suggests it's as strong as ever.
"Camelot has usurped Orfevre in the ante-post market and it'll be fascinating to see whether or not that trend continues on Sunday."
Coral are equally unsure whether weight of money for Camelot will witness him start favourite on Sunday at Longchamp, spokesman David Stevens saying: "With a huge Japanese following, Orfevre is sure to be well-backed on the PMU on Sunday, and with Frankie Dettori riding the Investec Derby hero, Camelot will be equally popular with British and Irish punters, so either one could yet start favourite. Personally I would favour the latter."
Support is also like to develop for Sea Moon, given Thursday evening's confirmation that Ryan Moore has been passed fit to return to the saddle with immediate effect - his first ride back being on Duke Of Firenze in the 5.15 at Ascot on Friday.
Moore is set to ride Sea Moon - cut to 8-1 by Coral and to 9-1 by Ladbrokes (both from 10) - whose camp will be buoyed by reports from Longchamp course director Christian Delporte that the ground will remain on the soft side for Sunday.
Delporte told the Racing Post: "The ground had got to good to soft, now it's soft again. At the very least it will be soft for both Saturday and Sunday. Come Sunday it could even be between soft and very soft. "
Of the three supplementary entries on Thursday, Saonois is shortest-priced at a general 8-1. Great Heavens is available at 12-1 and Bayrir at 16s. Reliable Man travels to Canada for the International at Woodbine on October 14 instead.
William Hill made Cirrus Des Aigles 11-10 to win the Prix Dollar on Saturday. Second-favourite is Maxios at 9-2, with the John Gosden-trained Colombian 6-1.
Cirrus Des Aigles is expected to improve for the run, in advance of his clash with Frankel and co in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20, for which he is 6-1 with Coral but 8-1 with Hills.